Critical Hit: Is the Xbox 360 Dead in the Water?

Bit-Tech: A Gears of War 3 multiplayer demo, Batman: Arkham City and yet more Halo: Reach DLC; this week’s Microsoft Showcase event in San Francisco may have been merely a speck compared with the likes of E3 and GamesCom, but I'm still left feeling that the Xbox 360 is a console that’s running out of steam – and fast.

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Kran2815d ago

Yeah. Its so running out of steam. The sales for 360 games do not exist at all ¬¬

This is just another article where secretly, the author prefers the PS3, when why cant people like me just like both consoles?

ToastyMcNibbles2815d ago (Edited 2815d ago )

If you actually read the article you would notice that he doesn't come out and praise the PS3 at all.. the only time PS3 was mentioned was when he spoke about what industry analysts predicted about it overtaking the 360 at the end of 2011.. he simply states that Microsoft is only reliant on 3 titles and they are not introducing any new ip or resurrecting older ip from the original Xbox.. all valid points.. it's actually a well written article and quite the opposite of what you think it is..

By the way you can't expect everyone to like both systems equally.. and its something no one should say.. fact of the matter is you can say you like both systems equally but at the end of the day there is ultimately one that you prefer more over the other.. you know it and i know it.. nothing wrong with it though.. this is all fun and games here.. we all enjoy gaming let us have fun and be "fanboys".. if sports fans can be "fanboys" and debate and all that why can't us gamers do it as well?

NukaCola2815d ago

Well the 360 is the one console that can sell well on multiplats. Sony is defined much more by it's exclusive lineup. But seeing last weeks stats and how the PS3 version of MvC3 cleared ahead by almost 100k copies and took lead in America of all places, maybe the PS3 momentum is really outweighing the 360's.

I get MS is about money, with Kinect targeting the Wii crowd, and DLC for shooters like Fallout and Homefront, etc. But the core of the console is the games that remain exclusive to it. I think of Xbox, I think Halo. I think of nintendo I think Mario. I think of PS3, I think of Uncharted, etc.

MS is defined as the shooter system, but they shouldn't allow a genre to define them. Exclusive DLC deals on shooter isn't growing anything. MS needs to foucs on making a large variety of genres. The adventures games, the RPGs, the slashers, etc. They were doing well with it, but ever since 2009 they have clearly shifted their focus to what marketing statistics tell them sells, and not to the creativity or passion of what gaming is.

tehpees32815d ago

lolz toastymcnibbles

PS3 is WAY above 360. Sony are clearly providing experiences that 360 couldn't even dream to make. Just look at the Last Guardian, Uncharted 3, Infamous 2.

M$ is just going to continuously milk the same games over and over whereas Sony just keep giving. Enjoy your Halo and Gears ports.

ToastyMcNibbles2815d ago (Edited 2815d ago )

I agree completely, well said.

Lol hope you don't think I'm in anyway praising what the 360 has been offering.. far from it.. I've always preferred the PlayStation brand from the beginning.. they know how to cater to all audiences with amazing exclusive games. So no I will not being enjoying more Halo and Gears.. I will be enjoying games like LittleBigPlanet 2 and The Last Guardian and well.. I don't need to list all of them you already know haha

LORD-PHOENIX2815d ago (Edited 2815d ago )

this is how ms abandoned xbox 1, slowly there were no games apart from multiplat, seems kinect was to make a quick buck off an aging system

im looking forward to gears 3 but even then not as much as i was to gears 2 its been there done that

if ms do abandon 360 like xbox 1 i will not make the same mistake a third time

need new ips,last guardian cant come soon enough kz3 whilst technically brilliant didnt suck me in like the second,infamous 2s new play create shock might just reinvigorate open world games, frankly tired of the cods,killzones,nfs etc now

Kran2815d ago (Edited 2815d ago )


Its a secret fanboy love.

malandra2815d ago

2011 PS3 core exclusive list

little big planet 2 (1/18)
killzone 3 (2/22)
MLB The Show (3/8)
yakuza 4 (3/15)
PS Move Heroes (3/22)
Motorstorm Apocalypse (4/12)
Socom 4 (4/19)
Infamous 2 (6/7)
ICO/SOTC HD collection
Ratcher and Clank All For One
White Knight Chronicles 2
Ni No Kuni
Resistance 3 (9/6)
Uncharted 3 (11/1)
The Last Guardian (holidays 2011)
Twisted Metal (holidays 2011)

(please note how I'm leaving out games like DC Universe Online, The Agency and Final Fantasy 14 because they're not exclusives because they have PC versions)

360 2011 core exclusive list

Gears of War 3 (fall 2011)
Forza 4

(in both lists the ones with no dates are TBA2011, but at some point they were announced for 2011)

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malandra2815d ago

Uncharted 1 $20 million
Uncharted 2 $20 million
Killzone 2 $60 million
GT5 $60 million
God of War 3 $44 million
Total $204

Kinect (advertising) $500 million

GTA IV 2 expansion packs timed exclusives $50 million
Uncharted 1&2 $40 million

If MS invested all the advertising and DLC money to games even if they didn't look as good as Uncharted 1&2 they could easily open up 5-10 new studios and make 10 games just as fun with that money.

Agent_S2814d ago (Edited 2814d ago )

While I agree with you that the money Microsoft spends on advertising and securing dlc is rediculously stupid. I cant believe the numbers everytime I see them and realise they aren't investing in their audience. But out of your long list of exclusives there's really only two games I would want and thats LB2 and The Last Guardian everything else is just meh. Also why would you say MLB the show is a core title, everyone knows sports games are casual, the original casual titles at that. Just my .02

Masamori Sumimura2815d ago

Yes the Xbox360 is DEAD IN TERMS of ''UPCOMING GAMES''. Yeah , The xbox's sales will still be great because most people buy videogames for a bunch multiplatform games and arent really aware of all library available for it. If it had came to the library nobody would pick a xbox360 because there's nothing worth it coming up.

I'm not a fanboy by the way I own a Xbox aswell and I'm about to sell it. What'S the use for it? If i get rid of it I wont have to pay Stupid XBL subscription and If i get a PS3 atleast i'll have some upcoming games to play.

on that note im chuckin up my DEUCES!

vsr2815d ago

Who buys a console for multi-plats. If anyone buy a PS3 he can play all the quality exclusives and 3rd party games combined.

For Halo /Mario players they can rent xbox/wii or borrow from a friend

LycanSoldier2815d ago

I always find people get to caught up in exclusives to remember that multiplats are reason enough to own Any Console/PC.

Owning both a PS3 and a 360, I enjoy both of the systems exclusives, but I tend to side to the 360 for multiplats, and that to me will never run out of steam considering multiplats are being churned out like crazy.

That being said, it is a shame at the lack of exclusives on the 360 side. But I've always been a big Gears fan, so that'll be in my disk drive and regularly booted up for awhile

ToastyMcNibbles2815d ago (Edited 2815d ago )

The way I see it is this. if I have both an Xbox 360 and a PS3 they both play multiplatform games.. regardless of which version has "oh so slightly better graphics" than the other version they both are the same game and both can be played on the same system..

Now lets say my 360 has boatloads of awesome exclusive titles to go along with the multiplatform titles and my PS3 has little to no exclusive titles to go along with the multiplatform titles then what would be the purpose to own one or hold it for any longer than necessary? Now I'm not saying these are my personal views on the matter but I think that's the way some gamers look at it and it does make sense especially when you consider there are people out there who cannot afford to own both.

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karl2815d ago

im just saying but without exclusives

what is the contribution from that particular console to the industry?

while sony spends millions and millions on first party exclusives for their fanbase..

what is MS doing with its money? after all they are in second place....

ToastyMcNibbles2815d ago

Apparently they feel advertising is more important than first party exclusive titles so that's exactly where their money goes.

PirateThom2815d ago

Don't bring this up, apparently Microsoft's marketing budget is justified because GAMES ARE DEFINITELY COMING... eventually, at some point, maybe.

Microsoft continue to string their fanbase along, year after year and what do they do? Still say "wait for [insert gaming event here]" and every gaming event there's still nothing worth a damn coming out of Microsoft, by far one of the worst platform holders ever to exist, they simply do not give a damn about making games, or even pretending they care about making games. They established a fanbase, then, like the original XBox, dropped it as soon as something new came along.

There was a time when Microsoft actually did release games but those days are passed and anyone still trying to justify the 360 after all this time isn't a gamer.

Obama2815d ago (Edited 2815d ago )

I hear some cheerleaders saying that exclusives don't matter, but they do since exclusives are what define a console.

In terms of sales, the 360 will do just fine since MS invested 500 million in advertising kinect after all. Games wise, it is pretty much dead in the water.

Hyperbomb692815d ago

wait.. people still buy 360s?? why? its not 2007 people! get with the times PS3 is where the best games are at!

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